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  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is refusing to back down in her feud with the GOP- controlled Legislature when it comes to $300 million intended to help homeowners. She did not ask for spending approval over the state's share of a national $25 billion settlement with five of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

  • LOS CABOS, Mexico-- Hurricane Paul weakened to a Category 1 storm as it raced toward landfall Tuesday on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Baja peninsula.

  • KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- Medical device maker Stryker Corp. said Tuesday that it reached a deal to buy privately held Surpass Medical Ltd. for $100 million in cash, plus up to $35 million in milestone payments.

  • HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.-- Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney conferred with his debate practice partner while President Barack Obama exercised before his final study review for Tuesday's debate, both hoping it would help them pull ahead in the razor-tight race.

  • NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • CONCORD, N.H.-- The New Hampshire attorney general's office says it's been notified that TD Bank's potential data breach could affect 43,750 customers in New Hampshire. TD Bank says it's monitoring the situation. TD Bank has eight million customers.

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- Insurance broker Brown& Brown Inc. said Tuesday its third-quarter net income rose 12 percent, boosted by a jump in commissions and fees. Brown& Brown said its retail division continued to grow, which could mean that economic conditions are improving for its clients. Brown& Brown shares rose 5 cents to $26.35 in premarket trading.

  • "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.

  • A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the IRS can subpoena banks for the records, despite the Miccosukee tribe's claims that it is protected by sovereign immunity.

  • GROSSETO, Italy-- A theater in Italy turned into a courtroom Monday, providing extra space for all those who needed to hear the evidence against the captain of a shipwrecked cruise ship.

  • WASHINGTON-- Nearly six in 10 Medicare recipients would pay higher premiums under a hypothetical privatized system along the lines of what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has proposed, according to a study released Monday.

  • TAMPA, Fla.-- Reality TV star and former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing a Tampa Bay- based disc jockey, the DJ's ex-wife and a New York media group over a sex tape. According to a news release from Hogan's publicist, two lawsuits will be discussed during a news conference Monday afternoon near the federal courthouse in Tampa.

  • Tampa, Florida

    Republican Florida governor Rick Scott tells CNBC the Federal government should take cues from Florida's lower taxes and streamlined regulations  if it wants to jump start job creation.

  • Spoiler Alert! G.O.P. Fighting Libertarian’s Spot on the Ballot

    Concerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson could hurt the Romney campaign, Republicans across the country have been working to keep him off the ballot, The New York Times reports.

  • MIAMI-- Florida's stone crab season starts Monday. Recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season runs Monday through May 15 in state and federal waters. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission press release says stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/ 4 inches in length.

  • GROSSETO, Italy-- The captain of the cruise ship that crashed into an Italian reef appeared in court Monday to hear the evidence against him, while passengers who survived the deadly shipwreck and the families of those who died showed up just "to look him in the eye."

  • Gov. Scott's Economic Forecast

    Gov. Rick Scott, Governor, (R-FL), discusses the tax tussle in Washington, and why "government has got to get smaller."

  • Florida, the New Silicon Valley?

    Bernie Machen, University of Florida president, discusses how he is helping Gov. Rick Scott, (R-FL) bring high-tech jobs to the Sunshine State.

  • Gov. Scott's Sunshine Economics

    Gov. Rick Scott, (R-FL), discusses his state's strategy for creating jobs and decreasing unemployment.

  • Gibbs Sports Amphibians says its new Quadski, which can drive on land as well as in the water, will go on sale before the end of this year. _ PRICE: The company says it will cost around $40,000. Dealerships will be concentrated in New York, Boston, the Great Lakes, Florida and Texas.